Sideshow: Stars mourn Bonnie Franklin

Posted: March 03, 2013

There was an outpouring of grief Friday from friends of actress Bonnie Franklin, 69, who died earlier in the day of pancreatic cancer.

"My heart is breaking," Franklin's One Day at a Time costar Valerie Bertinelli told People. "Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me." Bertinelli added that "she taught me to navigate . . . [life] with grace and humor."

Sally Jessy Raphael tweeted, "The world has lost a gifted actress, and more importantly, a wonderful lady."

Iraq War vet wins literary prize

Richmond, Va.-born poet Kevin Powers, 32, who enlisted in the Army at age 17 and served a one-year tour in Iraq with a bomb disposal unit and as a machine gunner in 2004, has won this year's prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction for his critically acclaimed Iraq War novel The Yellow Birds.

Colm Tóibín, who will be the keynote speaker at the March 24 award ceremony, said of Powers' work, "Every moment, every memory, every object, every move, are conjured up with a fierce and exact concentration and sense of truth."

This year's two other finalists were Jennifer duBois for A Partial History of Lost Causes and Vaddey Ratner for In the Shadow of the Banyan.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

"I will have a child," Rihanna announces in a new chat with Elle UK, which the mag is touting as a revelatory look at the singer and her complex relationship with Chris Brown. Elle plans to release more quotes over the next few days. . . . Empowered to speak truth to power by her Oscar win, paid Dior endorser Jennifer Lawrence tells Access Hollywood's Billy Bush the stunning radiance you see radiating from her face in a series of transcendentally glowy Miss Dior ads were digitally faked. "That doesn't look like me at all!" Jennifer, 22, says. "I love Photoshop more than anything in the world." . . . GGW Brands LLC, the company that owns postfeminist icon Joe Francis' Girls Gone Wild smut video series, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. . . . The New York Daily News has identified Arnold Schwarzenegger's alleged new girlfriend as Heather Milligan, 38, a physical therapist from Southern California. . . . Tori Spelling has rubbished reports she and husband Dean McDermott are on the verge of divorce.


This article includes information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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